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Aug 16, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Gartenzwerg
I just thought it could be a way to move the CoG further down, but I'm sure you thought of that already
Take a look at the carbon fin right behind battery. This is a ballast fin.

You can add a lot of weight there to lower CG without altering F/R bias.

Another clever solution from a Spanish designer....

Ah!!! Ive received the Shapeways wheels today. And Ive realized where the gluing problem is. The wheel material tends to break down as a nylon dust every time you scrap the surface. No way to get a nylon flake, only dust.

I plan to treat surfaces before atempting to glue the tyres on.

Light epoxy? Maybe...

Ill post pics of the production rims soon.

See you then.

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Sep 07, 2012, 09:03 AM
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As I told you in a previous post, Ive taken a pic of the production wheels.

Some extra cleaning and trimming to insert bearings in place and wheels are ready to rock.

Crash tests?

Ill tell you about wheel durability once I found a way to glue tyres on.

Another tip. Ive found a micro Deans plug from Robitronics specialy designed for 1/18 esc systems.

I plan to install one of these tiny male plugs between chassis plates to hide some of the power wires.

Also started to work on a custom SB5 style fairing for 1/8 bikes (two halves that include rider figure) and make some size testing with GPV1 body pics.

This is a size comparison between EL-5.8 and GPV1 body.... Lots of free room everywhere.

More news soon.

Last edited by trf_414_m2; Sep 07, 2012 at 09:11 AM.
Sep 07, 2012, 11:47 AM
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The wheels look fantastic!

Mind you, I don't envy you trying to solder those mini Deans, I have nightmares with the full size ones!
Oct 12, 2012, 06:39 AM
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Proyect updates revealed the need to redesign some parts, but the bike is almost complete and ready for a short production run.

Hope to make first 20 bikes before Christmas...

Orders welcome.

You can see the EL-5.8 compared to the first EL-1.8.

Nice evolution...

Oct 14, 2012, 01:06 AM
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Bike looks excellent... I've been watching the development for a long time...
I hope it pays off for you, I've thought of trying to do a similar thing of producing a complete bike...(nothin as well designed as your bike). It's a large outlay, and plenty of headaches... So I commend you on your commitment and Vision...

In regards to the bike... Very interesting design, I hope the wheels prove to stand up to decent crash... I think they could be a little weak where the spoke meets the rim, and hub... I hope I'm wrong though...

Best of luck... And hope to see it ready for Christmas...
Any idea of price yet..?
Oct 14, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Thank you very much for your comments/interest...

About wheels initial testing, rear one is much more hard than expected, but I need to do some track tests to get proper info about tyre gluing process and reliability.

I got a price in my mind, but it will depend on chassis equipment (body, wheels 1.0, wheels 2.0.....)

I plan to offer it "chassis built" and you would choose from two types of wheels.

Then youll have to add your own esc, motor, servo, battery and 1/8 tyres and inserts (Venom or ZH/OTO) and body...

Second type of wheels will include factory glued tyres, but still a lot of development to do before launch date.....
Oct 24, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Some updates about this proyect.

The new wheels arrived past monday. Solid wheel profile for a "R...dies" style 1/8 wheel. Rubber rings are on the way too and Ill try to start testing next week.

On the other side, Ive completed the current bike and looks awesome (needless to say Im the proud Dad...)

Take a look at these pics and see the most beautiful 1/8 bike ever...

The complete bike (ready to run) is under 450 grams target...

"Hot ticket to win" next 2013 season.

But this proyect is not just a home built bike. Its a serious proyect to get the best performer in the small class. And new parts are on the way to improve it even farther.

Take a look at the new front swingarm "steering" leg...

Oct 25, 2012, 03:22 AM
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Spain is diferent, very good job trf_414_m2....

Oct 25, 2012, 03:39 AM
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looks crazy - Well Done!

Did you already find a way to glue the tires to the white rims?
Oct 25, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Muchas gracias CLK...

Gartenz, I didnt tried to glue tyres yet but Im pretty confident.

More updates about this soon.

Start saving for Christmas gifts.

Oct 25, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by trf_414_m2
Muchas gracias CLK...

Gartenz, I didnt tried to glue tyres yet but Im pretty confident.

More updates about this soon.

Start saving for Christmas gifts.
De nada TFR ..tienes mucho talento...
Oct 25, 2012, 05:26 PM
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Ive ciano glued both wheels/tyres tonight.

Im pretty confident about ciano glue because of some extra trimming work done at both rims (these prototypes feature so tight tolerances on tyre beads that made impossible install tyres...)

Once beads have been lightly filed, plastic accepted glue fairly well.

Ill try to "hand rip" tyres tomorrow after a whole "properly taped" curing night process.

But Im still thinking about light epoxi...

Oct 26, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Congratulations on a really nice bike! I really believe it can be competitive.
My only concern, as I had with the early model too: Is the steering servo ideally placed, so far from the pivot point of the front suspension? It seems to me the servo gets thrown a lot front and back as the suspension works. On top of that it's high mounted. Is that a handling issue at all?

As you're making them...
In the future, maybe ROADIES type 1:8 tyres for the gpv/ZH-oto/Kyosho HOR?
I know I'm interested. Anyone else?
Last edited by z_dad; Oct 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM.
Oct 26, 2012, 07:18 PM
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Thank you very much for your comments, Z-dad

The steering servo is placed almost inline with steering hub, just lightly offset to the left due to the servo design.

The front suspension travel doesnt exceed any 1/8 forks one, so servo "launching" is not excesive. About CG placement, I had some issues at the very early designs (EL-1.8) due to the use of a verticaly mounted 1800mAh lipo battery (heavy and long) but not about servo placement.

When talking about handling interferences, these kind of suspension system and steering weights much less than a conventional forks, with those heavy triples and stem up there. Servo CG is placed at almost same height (maybe lower in my design) compared with any OTO/ZH/Venom bike.

The "R...dies" 1/8 tyres are not a real product yet. Didnt find the right rubber for these wheels (in fact I did but discontinued...), but I want to test these wheels in order to check if I can get the same gyro effect with less load. These wheels are open from the inside and I can load them with lead tape to a very big radius.

Farther you place the same weight, more gyro you get. Want to get same gyro at a bigger radius? lower the mass from the inside of the wheel.

Overall bike weight will be lowered but same handling achieved due to the tuned front/rear gyros (wheels) and the lower CG
Oct 27, 2012, 05:04 AM
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Very Nice, I have wanted to see her run in the race

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